HTC passes over Samsung on MWC buzz meter

Samsung has been reigning supreme in Twitter buzz relating to Mobile World Congress, but one week before the start of the show, HTC has leaped over the handset giant on news of a new “superphone” being unveiled there, according to social media number cruncher

Lessons from Path and Pinterest: Tell users everything

Path and Pinterest are getting some significant backlash because of recent decisions that appeared to put their interests ahead of their users and a lack of disclosure about that behavior. It’s a welcome reminder that the trust of users is not something to be taken lightly.

Apple’s iPhone 4S most-discussed smartphone for second half of 2011

Apple’s iPhone 4S is the smartphone on the tip of everyone’s tongue this holiday season, according to stats from Nielsen/McKinsey subsidiary NM Incite released Friday. The 4S captured 40 percent of online buzz around smartphones during the last six months, despite not being introduced until October.

Has Google really learned that much from Buzz and Jaiku?

Google has taken the axe to several of its previous social efforts, including Buzz and Jaiku, in order to focus all of its energies on its new Google+ network. But has the web giant really learned that much from its earlier failed social projects?

Why Google Needs +1 and Identity to Work Together

The pressure is on for Google to develop a social strategy. It should leverage the combination of +1 and its users’ Google identities to come from behind on the social graph. With the concept of identity, Google starts it’s social play from a much stronger position.

Kik’s Viral Growth Comes With an Apology

Kik is a cross-platform chat application that has gone from zero users to almost 2 million in three weeks. But some users aren’t happy with the way the company has achieved that viral growth, and Kik’s CEO says it is changing the way the app works.

Today in Social

A couple of social media personalities have recently decided to scale back on their use of the newer, micro- and real-time services like Google Buzz and Twitter. Partly, they say, due to a lack of control: specifically, the de-emphasis or outright loss of their personal archive. Others observe that social-stream clutter may be causing a decrease in two-way conversations. Indeed, Twitter seems more ephemeral than blogs or even Facebook status updates. And I miss the bloggers who used to offer a bit more than 140 characters in their link commentary, especially when they replace it with less frequent, essay-length posts. What do you think? Is micro-blogging ruining the medium?